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It is the most ancient system of economy and law that we can find or of which we can conceive pg 70 This quote from Marcel Mauss The Gift describes the system of total services and how it formed the basis of gift exchange Gifts have many different meanings behind them Now days we give gifts as a tradition for birthdays Christmas anniversaries and so on Yet in the times of the Scandinavian civilization among others gift exchange was the way their economy was ran Even though the gift exchange economy worked for these civilizations it is not a sufficient way to run an economy Gift exchange took place just how exchanges and contracts are made today The giving and receiving of these exchanges are obligatory The obligations of exchange were made between as Mauss put it in The Gift the contracting parties were legal entities clans tribes and families The Gift pg 5 What they exchanged primarily were acts of politeness as Mauss wrote it The Gift pg 5 These were forms of banquets rituals women children dances and festivals These came to be a form of gifts and presents to the other families or clans Now that this economy has been partly explained we must go on to its features The most important feature within the gift exchange economy would be the obligation to give and receive The glamour of giving a gift is prestige In the present time we elect a ruler or a president With electing someone as the President people get to know their accomplishments some of their background their abilities and what they are capable of With honoring someone with prestige because they gave a good gift seems a bit unreasonable All it does is show that that particular person knows how to please someone in this exchange It doesnt really give you much reference as to who the person is Within the gift exchange economy
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